DTCP Portfolio Company Droniq Makes Long-Range Flights With Drones Possible

Droniq launches the first fully operational traffic management system for drones in Germany. This means drones, also known as unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), can be safely integrated into airspace and commercial drone flights over long distances are possible.

Droniq today shared the launch of their fully operational traffic management system thereby adding Germany to the list of countries that can safely integrate drones into their airspace.

The versatile aircraft can perform many tasks quickly, automatically, and digitally–like inspections, surveying, or searching for missing persons. As busy as the German airspace is, however, it is normally too full to reserve portions of it specifically for drones. This is where Droniq–a joint venture between DFS, the German air navigation service provider, and Deutsche Telekom–comes in, offering a traffic management system for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS).

As per the press release, Droniq's "UAS Traffic Management (UTM) system shows both manned and unmanned traffic in a combined air situation display. With the system, users can plan their drone missions and check which permits are required for each flight. As soon as they start the mission, this airspace is displayed as occupied to other UTM users. The web display also shows relevant manned air traffic that users must avoid."

Droniq's hook-on device (HOD) makes the drone visible to the UTM system. The matchbox-sized LTE modem transmits the position of the drone and its identification to the UTM via the cellular network, and it receives the positions of the surrounding traffic and feeds them into the UTM's live air situation display. All general aviation pilots in the vicinity receive a warning in their cockpit, even if they are not using the UTM service. Its low weight and minimal power consumption makes the hook-on device attachable to any aircraft. "The hook-on device is in demand throughout Europe and is a leader in the tracking of drones. It will significantly strengthen the German drone market and also set the trend for the creation of the technical standards for drone tracking," says Jan-Eric Putze, CEO of Droniq.

 

The full press release can be found here:

Droniq's announcement (German)